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Frederick Emerson Small (November 6, 1952), known publicly as Fred Small, is an American singer-songwriter. He is also a lawyer and a Unitarian Universalist minister. His songs often make a political or ethical statement. Among his best-known songs are “Heart of the Appaloosa”, “Everything Possible”, and “Cranes Over Hiroshima”.

In 1980 Fred Small embarked on his song writing/performer/recording artist career. His songs are in the folk tradition for peace, healing and empowerment. They address a variety of issues from race, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, anti-Semitism, materialism, poverty to preserving the environment. Fred also designed and led workshops on song writing and use of singing in social change movements. He produced six albums, and published two songbooks, and his songs have been published in the Friends Hymnal and the UUA Race to Justice and Welcoming Congregation curricula.

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  • outfoxthefox

    Guinevere and the Fire was the first song I heard by him, still my favorite but hard to find it seems. It's about racial issues in Australia, it's fabulously done. Grew up on that and a tape of Hot Frogs. <3

    8 Sep 2010 Reply
  • ashavah

    I have been listening to Fred Small for years. His songs played a big part in informing me and shaping my opinions on social issues. I spent months listening to my parents' tape of "I Will Stand Fast" when I was younger. Love him. He writes beautiful, sad, angry songs. And he has such a beautiful voice. Denmark, 1943 and Heart of the Appaloosa are two of my favourites.

    18 Oct 2008 Reply
  • vzmarti

    We've been big fans for years. I know somebody who sings Everything Possible as a lullaby to her children. Now I'm listening to Willie's Song.

    28 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Whelanmk

    I love this

    7 Apr 2007 Reply
  • Whelanmk

    The Heart of the Appaloosa and Rodney King's Blessing are his best songs

    17 Feb 2007 Reply

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